The Windfall Centre has a resident team of five BAPT
Play Therapists providing short and long-term therapy
work with children, young people and their families.
Given that one out of every ten children will experience mental health difficulty
(Centre for Social Justice, 2014), we
are so pleased that children in Wales can have
access to this excellent treatment model.
We also have a satellite provision in
West Wales offering Play Therapy to children in Carmarthenshire
and Ceredigion areas.
A little bit about Play Therapy
Play Therapy is a proven and effective modality supporting clients of all ages facing
a vast array of challenges and adversity. These may include experiences of abuse, trauma, bereavement
and loss, domestic violence, and family breakdown.
Play Therapy’s effectiveness may be traced back to two main components of the
process: The communicative and healing value of play and the trust and acceptance embedded in the
client’s relationship with the therapist. Children use play as a form of communication just
as adults will use spoken communication in therapy. Through their play children work through traumatic
experiences, solutions to dilemmas and master their emotions and thinking. Children do this naturally,
but when life's challenges exceed children's capacity to comprehend and integrate experience, the
support of a trained and empathetic therapist allows the child to extend their emotional skills and
resilience. Additionally, the in-depth therapeutic relationship promotes positive change in the child
by helping them to help themselves.
Play Therapy is non-directive process. This means that the child leads the play and
we follow. Sometimes more structured activities are included to help children look at specific concerns
or if they become stuck in their play.
Play Therapists work closely with parent/carers and can offer work specifically focused
on parent-child relationships referred to as attachment work.
Play Therapists at Windfall work closely
with professionals as well, offering advice and support
to school staff, social work teams and others working
with and on behalf of children at risk.
Play Therapy is ideally suited to supporting young children and those with learning
and sensory impairments due to its emphasis on non-verbal communication and the non-directive, child-led
BAPT Play Therapists are highly trained
in working with the developmental, mental and emotional
needs of children and young people. This is underpinned
by their comprehensive training, high level of clinical
supervision and rigorous continuing professional development.
Windfall Play Therapists are accredited
through the British Association of Play Therapists and Professional Standards
an intensive two-year program of study at Masters level,
and are required to maintain rigorous and reflective
supervision of the practice.
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